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Amos Family


General James Oliver Amos (3/30/1833-12/7/1918 see NCAB 19) came to Sidney, Ohio, to take over publication of the Shelby County Democrat in January 1876. He began publication of the Sidney Daily News (SDN) in 1891. The Sidney Daily News merged with the Sidney Daily Journal in 1928. The Shelby County Democrat ceased publication in 1940. William Thomas Amos (d. 1/6/1932), first son of James, served as publisher 1918 to 1932. Ernest C. Amos (d. 1/6/1962), second son of James, was the publisher 1932 to 1962. J. Oliver Amos, second son of Ernest, was publisher 1962 to 1976. John Amos, son of J. Oliver Amos, was publisher 1976 to 1989. Linda Coffman, not one of the Amos family, was named publisher for the Sidney Daily News February 12, 1990. 

Delia Amos, daughter of James, was the first editor of SDN from 1891 to 1905. Howard Amos (d. 1944), third son of James was editor 1905 to 1936. J. Oliver Amos was editor 1936 to 1955. William Thomas Amos Jr., was editor 1955 to 1970. Marion Russell, not one of the Amos family, was editor 1971 to 1976. Jeffrey Billie has been editor for SDN since 1976. 

The Sidney Printing and Publishing Company began publication of Coin World in 1960. World Coins Monthly was started in January 1964. They purchased Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine in 1968. In 1976 World Coins and Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine were merged into Coin World. 

D. Wayne Johnson was the first editor of Coin World. Margo Russell served as editor 1962 to February 28, 1985. Beth Deisher served as editor March 1, 1985 to 2006. Ann Marie Aldrich has served as publisher since 1984. 

The company has been involved with several other hobby publications. They began printing Linn's Stamp News in 1942 and bought the publication in 1969. Gun Week was started in 1966 and sold in 1979. Stamp World was published from May 1981 through November 1983. In 1984 the company bought Scott Publishing Co., publishers in the philatelic field. 

The Sidney Printing and Publishing Company became Amos Press, Inc. July 1, 1973. Amos Press bought eight suburban newspapers in 1990. In 1990 Amos press purchased the ANACS grading service. 

source: Coin World 4/17/85 (25th Anniversary Issue); The Sidney Daily News 5/4/91 (Centennial Edition)

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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